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In Defense of Skyscrapers

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On Monday, New York Times archicritic Michael Kimmelman shared his opinions about 57th Streets supertall towers—mainly, that more public input would make the buildings looks better—and, unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees with him. Journalist Felix Salmon writes, "I do think that New York City is a city of skyscrapers; that it's self-defeating for any city of skyscrapers to stop building such things; and that if you're going to be building new skyscrapers, you're never going to bat 1000. Better we have a living city with a couple of less-than-perfect buildings, than a stifled one governed by nostalgists and Nimbys." [Bloomberg; previously]